FORMER interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier believes he's living 'rent free' inside Conor McGregor's head.
McGregor, 33, has fired numerous shots Poirier's way since their UFC 264 trilogy fight last month, including taunts referencing his old featherweight rival's wife.
But the Irishman's attempt to get under The Diamond's skin have failed to bear fruit, with the American telling ESPN: “It doesn’t really bother me – I don’t really care.
“When I think about in hindsight, like today I was thinking about it like, ‘The guy’s probably losing his mind.’
"He can’t really train. He’s got a hurt leg that he’s trying to rehab. Rent free. I’m just living rent free (in his head).”
Fan favourite Poirier was victorious in his Sin City series decider with The Notorious, winning the contest via first-round TKO.
The bout came to an unfortunate end when McGregor snapped his left leg in the final seconds of the stanza and was deemed unable to continue.
Poirier, 32, has sympathy for the UFC's poster boy but believes he got what he deserved.
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In his post-fight interview, he said: “I can take, you know, the trash talk. There’s no holds barred with the trash talk, right?
“But murder is something you don’t clown around about, there’s no coming back from that, and this guy was saying he was gonna murder me and all kinds of stuff.
"He was telling me he was gonna kill me tomorrow. I’m gonna leave here in a coffin.
“You don’t talk like that to people, man. I hope he gets home safe to his beautiful family.
“But, you know, this guy is a dirtbag. Karma is not a b***h, she’s a mirror, and this guy said the wrong s**t.”
McGregor, the UFC's first simultaneous two-weight world champion, is currently recovering from his broken leg in Los Angeles.
Rent free. I’m just living rent free [in his head]
And The Dubliner recently revealed he's making a faster-than-expected recovery, saying: "Scan went well. Scan went very well.
"To be back on the bike, I’m back on the bike before he said I was going to be able to bear weight.
"I’m rocking (and) well ahead of schedule. Let’s keep it going. … It was good news. Good news at the doc’s.
He added: “I’ve just got to take it day by day. I’m looking forward to it. You know, I’m watching all these fools talk.
"You know that little middleweight, that little former middleweight Kelvin Gastelum is 5’9 with a 71-inch reach.
"I’m actually bigger physically set than Kelvin and he’s fighting at middleweight.
"I’m going to just keep going up. I don’t know what weight I am now. …
"But I’ll see what I am on the scales and just go from there. Day-by-day."
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